Prognosis and Outlook for Cancer

Prognosis for Cancer

How long an individual cancer patient will live and whether he or she will die from the disease depend on many factors, including whether the cancer is slow or fast growing, how much the cancer has spread in the body, whether effective treatments are available, the person’s overall health, and more.

Source: NCI (NIH)1

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What is the outlook for children with cancer?

The overall outlook for children with cancer has improved greatly over the last half-century. In 1975, just over 50 percent of children diagnosed with cancer before age 20 years survived at least 5 years (2). In 2004-2010, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer before age 20 years survived at least 5 years (3).

Source: NCI (NIH)2

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Many cancers can be cured if they’re found and treated in time. It is estimated that in New Zealand, about 1 person in every 3 who gets cancer is cured. 

Even if the cancer cannot be cured, more effective treatment means many people are now living longer.

Source: New Zealand Health3

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References

  1. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ about-cancer/ causes-prevention/ risk/ myths
  2. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ childhood-cancers/ child-adolescent-cancers-fact-sheet
  3. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ cancer

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